Las Vegas' Echo & Rig has hit restaurant concept

Sep 24, 2013 3:04 AM

Last week a friend of mine, Chris Z. who happens to be a fellow foodie, told me about a new place that opened up in Summerlin called Echo & Rig (440 S. Rampart Blvd. in Tivoli Village).

I’m always ready to give a new place a try. It’s a butcher shop and a restaurant. Yeah, you read that correctly. You can walk into Echo & Rig and be greeted by a hostess to take you to your table or by a real butcher to go over what’s available today in the meat case.

If you’re a longtime reader of my column you know I literally grew up in a meat packing plant. My dad owned one. We butchered cattle then supplied fresh meats to the local grocery stores. So trust me when I say I take my steaks seriously.

You can walk into Echo & Rig on any given day and buy fresh cut meats to take home and cook or you can go upstairs to the restaurant and just enjoy. We had dinner upstairs and, since it was such a nice day, decided to sit on the patio as they have both indoor and outdoor seating.

The patio overlooks the fountain in the center of the entrance to the Tivoli Village Shops so when it’s not 110 this is a very nice place to dine. The menu at Echo & Rig is extensive and not overly priced.

Their goal was to provide a great steakhouse experience without the big prices while still serving top quality meats. As the waiter came the first surprise was they offer free still or sparkling water. That is a very nice touch as most places will hit you up for a bottle of sparkling water at steakhouse prices.

Next we ordered some appetizers or small plates. They had three different categories priced at $5.10, $7.40 and $9.20. I went with the Butcher’s Sausage served with peppers and onions. I absolutely loved this appetizer as the fresh homemade sausage was outstanding and the peppers and onions just made it perfect.

They have two different sections of salads priced at either $8.30 or $10.10. There are 18 different salad choices to choose from. There is also an extensive sandwich list all priced at $11.90.

For the entrees they have several choices priced at $17.70 before you get to the headliners of this show, and that’s the steaks. The steaks are in groups as well priced at $22.50 and $34.40. I went with a very interesting cut called Rib Eye Cap. This is the first time I have ever seen this cut sold this way.

If you have had a rib eye steak before you know there is the center part of the steak and then that outer cap. The outer cap has a lot of marbling in it and is quite flavorful. It’s my favorite part of the rib eye and now I can have it as a steak by itself. Brilliant, I say, and at $22.50 a tremendous value.

All of their steaks come with an order of homemade garlic potato chips and mushroom Rockfeller. So again, another nice touch – a steakhouse that actually gives you something with your steak instead of everything al a carte. They also offer several house-made sauces with their steaks and you get to choose, one again no extra charge like at many steakhouses.

My steak was cooked to perfection and very flavorful. I will order this cut again that is for sure.

I really think Echo & Rig has a hit on their hands with this concept as you can really go out and get the highest standards of meat at reasonable prices. If you’re looking for a 40-ounce steak, you’re not going to get that, but you will get a reasonable-size portion at a very reasonable price.

I give Echo & Rig a rating of 3.75 Forks out of 4.

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].

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